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Williams (Arizona)

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Williams with parade in town

Williams [1] is a city in the state of Arizona.


The city's location is on Interstate 40, as well as its position on the old Route 66, make it a frequent pit stop for travelers passing through on their way to more exotic destinations. The city is also a major gateway to the Grand Canyon.

  • Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center, 200 W. Railroad Ave., +1 928 635-4061. Summer: 8AM-6:30PM; Fall, winter and spring: 8AM-5PM. Free.

Get in[edit]

Located 35 miles west of Flagstaff on I-40 and 1 hour south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Amtrak's daily Southwest Chief [2] line between Chicago and Los Angeles stops in Williams. The westbound train arrives at 10:33PM and the eastbound train arrives at 5:20AM. This stop has no ticket office and no Quik-Trak ticket machine so tickets must be purchased at another station or online.

Get around[edit]

  • Silver Spur Tours, +1 928 226-7212, [3]. Shuttle service to and from Flagstaff, Williams, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Elephant Rock Golf Course in all new Mercedes built Sprinter Vans. Luxury, comfort and extra large viewing windows. Water, soda and snacks always included. Guided tours to Grand Canyon, Sedona, Indian Ruins, Wine tastings in the Verde Valley.


  • The Mother Road (Rt 66) Runs through the downtown area of Williams.


  • Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., 1-800-843-8724 (), [4]. Train ride that lasts approximately 4 1/2 hours and travels 65 miles. $60-170.
  • The historic city walk. Get the historic city walk brochure from the Visitor Center (200 W. Railroad Ave.) - it takes about 40 minutes to complete the self-guided tour. Free.
  • Wild West Junction, 321 E. Route 66, +1 928 635-4512 (), [5]. Authentic-looking wild west village with museum, restaurants, hotels, shops and entertainment.



  • Cruiser's Cafe 66 (Bar and Grill), 233 W. Route 66, 9286352445, [6]. Cruiser's Cafe 66 is a classic 50's and 60's style diner located in the heart of downtown Williams, Arizona.
  • Doc Holliday's, 950 N. Grand Canyon Blvd. (in the Holiday Inn), +1 928 635-4797, [7]. Daily 6:30AM-10AM and 4PM-9:30PM. Prime rib, hand cut steaks, fresh seafood, barbeque, home cooking, pastas, and burgers. $8-30.
  • Rosa's Cantina for Mexican
  • Pine Country great home made pies and food.
  • Rods Steakhouse
  • Pancho's for Mexican food.
  • Twisters 50's Soda Fountain for the best burgers/steaks on Route 66


  • Canyon Club 132 W Route 66, (928) 635-2582 ‎. Good cocktails!



  • Grand Canyon Hotel, 145 West Route 66, ''+1'' 928-635-1419 (), [8]. Oldest hotel in Arizona, since January 1891. A lovely place, right in the middle of Williams. A worthwhile stop on the way to the Grand Canyon or a base to explore it. dorms from $20.
  • Railside RV Ranch, 877 Rodeo Road, ''+1'' 928-635-4077 (, fax: ''+1'' 928-635-0233), [9]. $26-28/$28-30 (Nov. 1-Feb. 28/March 1-October 31).


  • Canyon Motel and RV Park, 1900 E. Rodeo Road (Exit I-40 @ #165 South to Rodeo Rd.), 1-800-482-3955 (), [10]. A 1940's Route 66 Motor Court with 18 Flagstone Rooms,Two 1929 Caboose Train Car Suites, Three 1950's Pullman Grand Canyon Train Car Suites, 47 Full Service VIP RV Sites, 6 Tent Camp Sites. Sits on rolling pine covered hills in the Kibab National Forest. Has WIFI, Laundry, Showers, BBQ's, Indoor Pool, FireRing. AAA $50+.
  • Highlander Motel, 533 W. Route 66, 1-877-635-2541 (, fax: ’’+1’’ 928-635-0609), [11]. $35-55/40-75 (Off Season/Seasonal).
  • Rodeway Inn, 334 E. Route 66, 1-800-235-7029 (, fax:, [13]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. $41-99.
  • Day’s Inn, 2488 W. Route 66, ''+1'' 928-635-4051 (fax: ''+1'' 928-635-4411), [14]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. $50-60.
  • Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast (In Williams AZ), 1129 Stockmens Rd (On Hwy. 40), 888-635-2488, [16]. Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast, located in the historic mountain town of Williams, at the base of Bill Williams Mountain, is the closest B and B to the Grand Canyon. It is located less than an hour away from the Canyon by car. $130-$215.
  • The Grand Canyon/Williams KOA Journey, 5333 State Highway 64 Williams, AZ 86046 (From Williams: Take Exit 165 off I-40. Head north on Grand Canyon Hwy (SR 64) about 5 miles. KOA on left. From Grand Canyon: Head south on SR 64 about 40 miles. KOA on right. From Flagstaff: Take I-40 WB to Exit 165. Head north on Grand Canyon Hwy (SR 64) about 5 miles. KOA on left.). ===Splurge=== * Wild West Junction, 321 E. Route 66, ‘’+1’’ 928-635-4512 (), [17]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. $68/80 (October 1-May15/May16-September 30). $68/80 (October 1-May15/May16-September 30).
  • Holiday Inn, 950 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., ‘’+1’’ 928-635-4114 (), [18]. checkin: 12PM; checkout: 11AM. $81-145.
  • The Lodge on Route 66, 200 E. Route 66, ‘’+1’’ 928-635-4534 (, fax: ‘’+1’’ 928-635-4011), [19]. $59-89/79-139 (Basic rooms/Suites).
  • Red Garter Bed and Bakery, 137 W. Railroad Ave., ''+1'' 928-635-1484 (), [20]. $120-145.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Williams
KingmanAsh Fork  W noframe E  FlagstaffGallup
KingmanAsh Fork  W noframe E  FlagstaffGallup
Grand CanyonTusayan  N noframe S  END

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